Days In: Minneapolis Mayor Hodges seeks Star Tribune correction

There have been some smiles and wisecracks in both Twin Cities' mayors' offices today over an accompanying photo, purporting to be of Hodges, holding a champagne glass, walking with St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman. Only the picture is not of Hodges: it's Coleman's wife Connie Coleman.

Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges’ office says she traveled out of town on businss 15 days during her first 100 days on office, not 19, as noted in a Sunday Star Tribune article.

Kate Brickman, a spokesperson for the mayor, said they’ve asked for a correction.

The story about the beginning of the mayor’s term says she spend “a fifth of her time traveling for business,” with three trips to Washington, D.C., two to New York City and one to Portland, Ore.

Since the Strib story appeared on Hodges’ 94th day in office, that would equal 19 days, a figure the story later mentioned.

However, the mayor noted that on four of those days, she spent a full day working in Minneapolis, with travel in the morning or evenings.

Said Brickman:

“She has spent 15 days traveling for business, which is 15% of 100 Days, not a ‘fifth of her time.’ I did request a correction.”

OK, so Hodges was gone 16 percent of the time. That’s the numerical dispute. But there have been some smiles and wisecracks in both Twin Cities’ mayors’ offices today over an accompanying photo, purporting to be of Hodges, holding a champagne glass, walking with St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman.

Only the picture is not of Hodges: it’s Coleman’s wife Connie Coleman.

Said Brickman:

Yes, we’ve heard a fair amount about the photo. People making sure we saw it, lots of people making light-hearted jokes, posting it to her Facebook page and whatnot. Honestly, it didn’t bother her. She laughed it off and enjoyed the sweetly funny comments. She and Connie are friends, so it was fun to trade jokes about Connie taking over Minneapolis.

The paper has apologized to Hodges about the mistaken identity, she said.

Said Chris Coleman aide Clarise Tushie-Lessard: “The mayor (and all of us here) got a real kick out of it.”

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